March 27-28, 2015
Friday 3.30pm – 8pm Opening Performances and Reception
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
Saturday 10am – 6pm Keynotes and Panels
University at Buffalo
Departing from Raymond Williams’s notion of “a structure of feeling,” this colloquium considers digital culture’s characteristic affects, genres, spectatorial habits, and modes of thought—its “characteristic elements of impulse, restraint, and tone,” in Williams’s formulation—as manifested in contemporary art and culture. How have architecture, visual art, literature, dance, and performance been subtly transformed by the layering of new relations on old expectations? To borrow Sianne Ngai’s phrase, does digital culture have symptomatic “aesthetic categories”? Or, more simply, What new modes of experience has the digital age inaugurated, and how have these new ways of thinking, feeling, and perceiving permeated culture and shaped artistic and literary forms?
“Structures of Digital Feeling” is a two-day colloquium that will convene fruitful conversations across disciplines by curating seminars in which scholars from different fields of study—both from UB and outside—will address similar questions and provocations. Keynote addresses from noted media scholars will anchor the program. We plan to stage events at the UB North Campus.